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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Elmira Man Arrested On Multiple Drug And Gun Charges

CONTACT: Barbara Burns
PHONE: (716) 843-5817
FAX #: (716) 551-3051

ROCHESTER, N.Y.—U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr., announced today that Andrew Tingling, 39, of Elmira, NY, was charged by criminal complaint with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin; possession with intent to distribute 40 grams or more of fentanyl; being a felon in possession of a firearm; and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. The charges carry a minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum of life, and a $10,000,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Robert A. Marangola, who is handling the case, stated that the charges stem from an investigation conducted involving the sale of heroin in Elmira. On March 1, 2019, law enforcement officers from multiple agencies executed a search warrant at 207 South Avenue in Elmira. During the search, officers seized over $50,000 U.S. currency, paraphernalia for the processing and distribution of narcotics, approximately 300 grams of fentanyl, and a loaded .22 caliber handgun. Tingling was located inside the residence.

In March 1998, the defendant was convicted in New York State court of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, and in March 2008, Tingling was convicted in Chemung County Court Attempted Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree. As a result, the defendant is legally prohibited from possessing a firearm.

The criminal complaint was the culmination of an investigation on the part of the Elmira Police Department, under the direction of Chief Joseph Kane; the New York State Police, Community Narcotics Enforcement Team, Southern Tier, under the direction of Major Mary Clark and Lieutenant Kevin P. Sucher; Chemung County Sheriff’s Office under the direction of Acting Sheriff William A. Schrom; and the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Ray Donovan, New York Field Division.

The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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Updated March 13, 2019